London in Summer for Less: Top Five Under £5

Summer in London doesn’t have to break the bank, the sun is out and there are plenty of wonderful outdoor outings for everyone. Here are our top 5 under a fiver tips for a splendid summer in the capital:

Pedal along the Park – COST: £2

Hire a bicycle from behind King’s Cross (£2 for 24 hours) and head along the Regent’s Canal to Little Venice, one of the most scenic sites in London. It’s a three mile run to Little Venice and this particular route avoids traffic.  Stop off at the world famous Camden Market for foodie treats and just about anything else (!).  Enjoy the picturesque Regent’s Park before finishing up at Little Venice where you can enjoy the waterside cafes and stroll the pretty shopping streets.

Potter around Portobello Market – COST: FREE

Portobello Market, is a fantastic place to browse and hunt around with an amazing range of stalls offering everything from clothes and ceramics to fruit and music.  Fridays and Saturdays are the best days and the area becomes one of the largest antiques market in the world.  A perfect cost-free Summers day!

Head to Holland Park – COST: FREE

In Holland Park you’ll find one of London’s best hidden gems, Kyoto Garden, a beautiful and exceptionally maintained Japanese garden. Sit and relax in this tranquil haven and admire the huge Koi fish and peacocks. It’s a marvellous spot for a summer picnic and unknown to many tourists.  No picnic, don’t worry, make your way to the park café and enjoy a panini.

Swim in The Serpentine – COST: £4.80

Everybody is talking about lidos this summer and we have got several in London too.  The Serpentine Lido in Hyde Park provides a great day out for the family, with an accompanying paddling pool for kids and family ticket options (Adult £4.80, Child £1.80, 2 adults & 2 children £12). If you don’t fancy a swim, laze in one of the sun loungers on the terrace by the water for only £.3.50 for the whole day.

Street food snacking COST: around £5

The foodie revolution in London never stops.  The latest phase is street food and tasty gourmet street stalls are popping up everywhere. There’s an array of street food markets in London, especially as the sun starts to come out, but we recommend you head over to King’s Cross and Islington.  Try Exmouth Market in Islington for the incredible variety and Kerb in Granary Square for its picturesque setting, right next to the canal.

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